You’d like to be a person who marks birthdays with timely cards or sends unexpected gifts, but seriously? You have stuff to do. So much stuff. Instead of setting countless reminders on your calendars and phone, consider developing a system to help with the small gestures that show loved ones you care.
Here are some easy ways to automate thoughtfulness:
Finish your birthday cards for the year.
Tiny Prints lets you upload photos, add the name of the recipient, and customize text on their card designs. You can also add an iTunes, Amazon, or Target gift card. You set the date, and they mail it for the price of the stamp. Jack Cards offers similar services.
Send custom gift cards automatically.
If you want your recipient to have more flexibility with their gift card purchases, GiftCards.com lets you purchase pre-paid Visa and Mastercards. You can upload a photo to customize the card, then set the date you’d like them to send it.
Mark birthdays and anniversaries with recurring gifts.
7P Gifts lets you send gifts at any time in the future. You can select from their online options, but they’ll also store and deliver pre-written letters and personal gifts you ship to them. If you specify “generic gift” the service selects from best selling items at shops like Red Envelope and Best Buy. You pay when they ship the gift.